Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Oscars Viewership Off as Race Controversy Just Another Excuse Not to Tune In

LOS ANGELES, CA Feb. 29 (DPI) – Controversies  occasionally help bolster television ratings of award shows, but this year’s Oscars – with its festering controversy over lack of  racial diversity of its nominees – didn’t benefit.  Viewership was off about 6 percent, though it retained an impressive US audience of 34 million, according to Variety:

The “88th Annual Academy Awards” averaged 34.3 million, down 6% from last year’s 36.6 million in the fast nationals, which rose to 37.3 million in the finals. In adults 18-49, Sunday’s 10.4 rating is off 4% from last year’s fast national rating of 10.8, which was revised up to an 11.0 in the finals.

The Chris Rock-hosted show was up from last year by 1% in adults 18-34 (9.4 vs. 9.3) and across all key male demos: +20% in men 18-34 (8.5 vs. 7.1), +6% in men 18-49 (9.4 vs. 8.9) and 1% in men 25-54 (10.3 vs. 10.2).

For the night, ABC nearly tripled its combined CBS-NBC-Fox competition while nearly quadrupling those networks in adults 18-49.

Readers were largely split on whether the race controversy impacted television viewership. Among the most popular comments on DailyMail.com today:

I don’t think it was because of the boycott, I think people are sick to death of the PC overload, snoozefest show it has become.

I too stopped watching when the Oscars became a platform for extreme left-wing propagandists! These people are just a bunch of hypocrites!!!

Oscars Ratings on ABC Down 6% Overall, But Up in Younger Viewers, Key Male Demos



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